Thank you for the e-mails concerning my status and I can assure you I am alive and marginally well. I did have my doubts though and was so concerned this morning when I drifted into consciousness I asked Hot Dog Dude if he could place a mirror in front of my mouth just to be sure.
He wasn't in the mood to humor me, like I was totally in the mood to humor him today when he requested I redo the same invoices I've done three times in a row now. Oh how far we fall some days. Some days just call for comfort in the way of a hot cheesy, casserole.
Italian Macaroni and Cheese (For the record there is absolutely nothing Italian about this, but my cousin calls it that and I think that is sweet.)
1 pound dried rigatoni noodles
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
6 cups milk
8 ounces cheddar cheese, cut in thin slices
Pinch ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place a large pot of water on to boil and add a few teaspoons salt, once it's boiling vigorously add the rigatoni noodles. Cook about 10 minutes or until al dente.
Place the butter in a medium saucepan and turn on medium heat and let the butter melt. Add the flour and whisk until smooth, cook one minute and add the milk, a little salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. Simmer on low heat until ready to assemble the casserole.
Drain the noodles. Spray a casserole dish about an 11" x 13" sized one with no-stick spray and place half of the noodles on the bottom. Add half of the cheese slices over that, sprinkle with a little S&P and pour half of the milk mixture over that. Add the other half of the noodles, other half of the cheese, and the rest of the milk.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed and the tops of the noodles are getting brown and crispy.